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We will miss you Sixpence – In loving memory

About a month ago we lost a very sweet Sponsor dog.  He was the oldest dog that has been in the Sponsor Program the longest.  Sixpence passed away peacefully in his home.  His mom, Barbara, was saddened when she found her beloved “6P” at rest.  Even though she mourns the loss of her delicate little buddy, she is so grateful to have had him for fourteen wonderful years.  Here are some beautiful photos that Barbara shared with us.

Sixpence celebrating his bday!
Sixpence celebrating his bday!

Sixpence

Dear Friends,

Due to the medical condition that Sixpence is challenged with, it is difficult to take updated photos of him for you. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your continued support.

The Sponsor Team
North Shore Animal League America

February 2010 Update: Sixpence is doing well and thankfully, it’s been a long time now that he has had any problems. According to his foster mother, he is getting very bossy, which is always a good sign. He barks for hugs, pats and just to get attention. He loves the fact that he is now allowed to have a few snacks a day. He has started a special diet food which will help his joints. Sometimes, his foster mother gives him some of it as a snack and 6P doesn’t disappoint – he gobbles it down. He has also begun to have some vegetables with his dinner and seems to enjoy them. His mother lovingly steams the vegetables so that they are soft. He has not experienced any discomfort in the cold weather or even the snow. All in all, and with fingers crossed, he’s happy, healthy, and on top of the world this year!

March 2010 Update: Sixpence and his family are doing well and anxiously awaiting the warmer weather. They will be so glad when the days are longer and they can spend more time looking out their beloved window. One morning they enjoyed watching outside as a cat walked very carefully on the top of their fence and then turned and walked down the top of their gate. The cat walked so slowly and so carefully it provided much amusement for Sixpence. They were certain the cat was avoiding the deep snow on the ground, but no, when the cat was ready he just hopped off and walked through the snow like it wasn’t even there! The squirrels are still fun to watch. They feed them and the winter birds to attract them to their spot by window where Sixpence is often found gazing in delight.

April 2010 Update: Since his foster mother insists on his safety, Sixpence received a brand new playpen to sleep in. His old playpen was worn out with holes in the sides. Now, he has a lovely green playpen with elephants along the top rim. His foster mother worried a little about the new playpen because Sixpence gets easily stressed and she did not know if he would adjust to a new “bed”, but it turned out not to be a problem. He couldn’t be happier and he even looks quite pleased with his nice new digs! Now that the weather is getting warmer and spring is just around the corner, Sixpence is very happy (and safer, too)!

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Sixpence

An Interview with Animal League Sponsor Program foster pet parent, Barbara, who fosters Sponsor Program dog Sixpence:

Animal League:
Barbara, what made you decide to foster a special-needs Sponsor Program pet?

Barbara:
I have fostered many special-needs pets during my time at North Shore Animal League America. I think the rewards are great, and although special-needs pets are sometimes a little more difficult to manage, the feeling of fulfillment at the end of the day makes it all worthwhile. It seems as if the dogs and cats in greatest need of help know when help is being given and offer much in return.

Animal League:
How did you decide that Sixpence was the one for you?

Barbara:
Sixpence was born at the Animal League on June 5, 2000. He was not able to nurse normally because hind limb and forelimb deformities prevented him from positioning himself at his mother’s side, and he could not compete for space with the other pups in the litter. He ate well from a bottle, though, and so he came to me as a foster infant. In a sense we chose each other…he had a need, and I had the ability to help and room in my heart.

Animal League:
How long have you been fostering Sixpence?

Barbara:
I have been caring for Sixpence since that time, and I would not have it any other way. He was sent to an orthopedic specialist who said that it would probably be kind to euthanize him unless there was someone willing to assume his care, as there was nothing to be done to help him and he was not expected to live. Of course I said I would care for him. That was 9 years ago, and although he has had episodes of seizures which were unexpected – (but only under stress) – we manage to keep him calm and healthy.

Animal League:
What positive changes in Sixpence have occurred during these years of foster care?

Barbara:
He is a lovely dog. He argues when he wants a treat, and seems to have a sense of humor – he wrestles with my hand when we play, and tries to caper around to the best of his ability. He seems to enjoy the life we have given him – he never has a cranky day.

Animal League:
Because of his disability, has Sixpence learned to do everyday activities in his own way?

Barbara:
EVERYTHING he does is in his own way. Without much use of his legs he manages to keep himself clean, which is amazing. He has essentially housebroken himself, waiting until I am home to carry him to his “wee-wee pad”. Often he misses, but he does his best. He eats lying down, drinks sitting up. Whatever he wants to do I encourage him to do, unless it puts him at risk. He is, I think, fragile, since his limbs are so twisted…but he has never known any other way and seems content. Stress is our great enemy, and I try to ensure serenity.

Animal League:
What would you like to say to the Sponsor Program donors about their monthly support of this life-saving program?

Barbara:
There is no question that because of the incredible Sponsor Program donors and their generosity each month many dogs and cats which are “other-abled” are being helped to live. The program literally gives them life. I thank them with all my heart and there is no way to repay their kindness. I have tried to express my gratitude through the website, but there are really no adequate words.

Animal League:
In three words or less, tell us how you feel when you think about Sixpence?

Barbara:
He’s my son.

Animal League:
Barbara, you often report in your monthly updates that you and Sixpence live a simple life.

Barbara:
Yes, that’s true. And we are a happy little crew.

Animal League:
In the eyes of the Animal League, and I’m sure all of Sixpence’s supporters, we think there’s nothing simple at all about it – your unending love and devotion to this deserving animal, the consistent, quality medical care you always provide without hesitation, and a intimate bond that appears will never be broken. You’ve shown us that this pure bliss only comes when you give of yourself to truly love an animal.

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Sixpence

These days, Sixpence keeps himself entertained by watching the squirrels gather up acorns and chestnuts for the winter and by watching the migrating birds landing on the lawn and in the trees.  “6P” likes the holidays because he gets more snacks and a lot of extra fussing.  His foster mom has to be vigilant about what he eats in order to keep him healthy during treat-filled holiday time.  She also has to be careful to make sure that he doesn’t get overexcited, which might result in a seizure. “6P” twisted his front foot and gave his mom a big scare – he’s so fragile that she really worries if any little thing seems wrong with him, but he’s ok now.  Sixpence is such a good boy – he leads a simple life, but he doesn’t know it – he’s always ready for a kiss on the nose and a pat and a scratch behind the ears.  We look forward to a very happy and healthy New Year for Sixpence and all of our beloved special-needs sponsor program pets!
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Sixpence

The change to cooler, dryer weather has made Sixpence itchy, so he is on medication for that, but otherwise doing well.  Two exciting things for him to watch recently, a clogged drain that led to a lot of pipe work and the installation of a new paper towel rack!  Dull stuff for us, but really interesting for 6p, and not scary for him because all of the people involved were family – so no seizures.  There are the squirrels to watch as they get ready for winter, some pigeons to scare away (pigeons are new to him), and the feral kitten his family found in the back yard…probably the first kitten he has ever seen! 

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